Moving houses made easy : Tips to help you pack smarter and faster
March 31, 2021
If it seems like a monumental task, lets us break it down into smaller jobs to make it feel more achievable.
Packing up when shifting takes longer than anyone imagines, so the first step is to decide if you're going to do all the packing yourself, if you’re going to employ someone to do it for you, or if you’re going to settle on a combination of both.
Whichever option you choose, start early, and if you’re doing your own packing, set aside a good amount of time each day to dedicate to it .
Moving house kits containing boxes, bubble wrap, tape, stickers and marker pens are your best friends for a smooth transition .
There are also special packing boxes available – with dividers for plates for instance, or hanging rods for clothes. Equally, you can save money on things like bubble wrap by wrapping precious ornaments in newspapers or between beddings.
Pack one room at a time and tackle the less used rooms first – and then move towards the main living room, kitchen and bathroom. This way you’ll see the results quickly, and you can use the space to store the boxes from busier parts of the house.
Create labels for your boxes so that removers know where to put them in your new house. Stick the labels on the sides so that they’re easily seen when the boxes are piled on top of each other. Be specific – 'bedroom' isn’t enough unless you’re moving to a one-bedroomed property, nor is 'child's bedroom' if you have a family of four. It’s best to number the bedrooms and then when you arrive at your new house, label the relevant doors with their number so there's no doubt where each box goes.
Label what each box contains. This way, the mover knows what’s fragile, and can also judge how heavy the box is going to be.
Take care not to overfill each box, or make it too heavy. If you’re packing books, for instance, only half fill the box, and then take up the rest of the space with super-light items such as cushions. A key recommendation is to pack lighter items in large boxes and heavy items in small boxes to reduce the temptation to overfill.
Finally, when you’re storing the boxes, put the heavier ones on the bottom of the pile .Packing valuables
Gather all valuable jewellery, small family heirlooms, important paperwork and anything of sentimental value and pack them separately from your moving boxes. Take photos of any expensive or valuable big items, noting any existing scratches or bumps or other damage.It’s probably best to keep them with you when you travel to your new home. If that’s not possible, mark the boxes as 'fragile' and alert the movers that this is precious cargo. If you’re moving far, you could send your valuables with one of the home delivery services, where it can be insured and its progress can be tracked.